The field hockey team will look to pick up some needed points this weekend when it hosts both Yale and Siena. After winning its first Ivy competition of the season against Penn, the Red lost both games last weekend when travelling to Columbia and Rutgers.
In this weekend’s matchup the team will have home field advantage at Marsha Dodson. The Red (1-6,1-1 Ivy League) will take on the Bulldogs (3-4,1-1) on Saturday at noon, before facing the Saints (0-6) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Both of the games that the Red dropped last weekend were close contests. Cornell lost to Columbia, 2-1, and then to Rutgers, 4-3, the next day. In the first game, the Red were down 2-0 for most of the game and worked hard to claw back from the two-goal deficit. The opposite happened the next day, as the Red were leading 3-1 at half, but allowed the Scarlet Knights to come back into the game.
One key in the preparation this week has been making sure that the team is about to maintain its focus and intensity for the entire duration of the game. The Red has shown that it can compete with some of the top teams in the nation, after just narrowly losing to highly ranked Penn State earlier in the season.
“We were a little upset coming out of the weekend we two losses, but we’ve picked it up this week,” said senior captain Genevieve Collins. “We’ve been training really hard and we’re hoping to come away with two wins.”
The Bulldogs are led on offense by junior Erica Borgo and senior midfielder Mary Beth Barham. Yale is anchored by junior goalkeeper Emily Cain, who is 16th in the nation with her save percentage (.760). The Red will hope to avoid a duplication of last year's game, in which the Bulldogs defeated the Red by a 7-2 margin.
The players to watch for during Sunday’s match with Siena are junior midfielder Cory dela Gorgendiere and junior goalie Beth Meyers. The Saints have had a rough start to the season, going 0-6 while being outscored 3-24 by opponents. However, the Red must be careful to approach the game with its normal intensity and sense of urgency, as the Saints have shown heart this season, rebounding after a 9-0 defeat to UC Davis to lose to the University of Vermont by just a goal.
“We’ve really been working on coming together as a team and honing our skills and this work should translate into more wins the second half of the season,” Collins said.